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When you think of scary movies, images of monsters and unstoppable killers come to mind. But documentaries can also tell some horrific stories, too.
With Halloween around the corner, we delved into Netflix to highlight some of the most chilling non-fiction movies and TV series. We found everything from Errol Morris’ classic that looked inside the mind of a killer, to a UK series that explores nurses who kill their patients.
Here are 14 documentaries that we dare you to binge late at night.
Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly so the availability of titles below may change.
1. “Amanda Knox” (2016)
Believe her or not, the murder surrounding Amanda Knox is a chilling piece of modern-day pop culture. This documentary takes a deep dive into all the people surrounding the murder.
2. “Blackfish” (2013)
It’s the documentary that ended the orca whale shows at SeaWorld. We follow the horrific capture of the whales and how they lashed out over the years while being captive performers at the amusement park.
3. “The Confessions of Thomas Quick” (2015)
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This documentary looks at Sweden’s most infamous serial killer who confessed to more than 30 murders then shockingly recanted.